Twelve Russian intelligence officers were indicted on charges they hacked into Democratic email accounts during the 2016 US presidential election and released stolen information in the months before Americans headed to the polls, the Justice Department said Friday.
US indictments against a dozen Russian intelligence officers on Friday provided detailed technical evidence to back up allegations of Russian hacking and leaking of information to influence the 2016 USA presidential election.
The indictment accuses members of Russia's military intelligence agency known as the GRU of carrying out "large-scale cyber operations" to steal Democratic Party documents and emails.
In just over a year since his appointment as special counsel, Robert Mueller and his hand-picked team of prosecutors have filed nine indictments covering twenty individuals and three businesses, earned five guilty pleas, have two criminal cases headed to trial, and sentenced one person to prison.
Defendants include four former Trump campaign and White House aides, three of whom have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate, and 13 Russians accused in a powerful social media campaign to sway USA public opinion in 2016.
Special Counsel and Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller indicted 12 members of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency over interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Trump, who is now visiting Britain, is scheduled to meet with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.
The indictment represents special counsel Robert Mueller's first charges against Russian government officials for interfering in American politics, an effort US intelligence agencies say was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
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It was the most detailed U.S. accusation yet that Russian Federation meddled in the election with the eventual aim of trying to boost Republican Trump's campaign.
Rosenstein said "the conspirators corresponded with several Americans during the course of the conspiracy through the internet".
"These indictments are further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win", Schumer said in a statement. The indictment says the Russians, posing as Guccifer 2.0, approached Organization 1 to offer them documents stolen from the DNC and transferred that data starting on July 14, 2016.
"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing", Trump said.
Hours before the Justice Department announcement, Trump complained anew that the special counsel's investigation is complicating his efforts to forge a better working relationship with Russian Federation.
Hours later, the Main Intelligence Directorate in Moscow appeared to heed the call - targeting Clinton's personal office and hitting more than 70 other Clinton campaign accounts.
Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said earlier Friday that "the Russian state has never interfered and has no intention of interfering in the US elections". "We would have a chance to have ... a very good relationship with President Putin". Trump said Friday before the indictment was released that he planned to ask Putin about Russia's election interference.